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Real Madrid - Atlético

1-1: The league leaders deserved more from the derby

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REPORT | 08/04/2017 | Alberto Navarro

Pepe scored the Whites' goal, as the team has clear chances but were kept at bay by Oblak. Real Madrid are now three points clear at the top.
  • La Liga
  • Matchday 31
  • 08/04/2017
Santiago Bernabéu
Real Madrid managed a draw in the derby against Atlético in a game marked by missed opportunities. This draw means they are now three points ahead of Barcelona, who lost to Málaga. After a warning sign from Saúl in the third minute, the madridistas started creating some good chances. The first arrived after a quarter of an hour. Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the ball on the edge of the box, struck a shot which hit the near post and was expertly picked up by Oblak. A few minutes later, Benzema brought the ball down, combined with the Portuguese and his first-time shot was sent wide for a corner by the visiting goalkeeper.

The home side's clearest chance came just a minute after the half hour mark. Modric gained possession in the middle of the park, linked up sensationally with Kroos and looked to set up Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese ace did well in the one-on-one with Oblak, but Savic proved his mettle as he headed the ball off the line to deny a Whites' goal. Atlético responded nine minutes later. A dangerous shot from Griezmann, following a fast-paced counter attack forced Keylor Navas to bail his team out.


Real Madrid came flying out of the traps at the beginning of the second half, fashioning two clear-cut openings in the space of just three minutes. With 47 minutes on the clock, Marcelo shaped in a cross which was met by Cristiano Ronaldo, whose towering header whistled just inches wide of the upright. Just a minute later, Dani Carvajal's floated cross was nodded back across goal by Ronaldo to Karim Benzema, whose effort from point-blank range was blocked by Jan Oblak, who was fast becoming one of the visitors' standout performers.

Pepe strikes
The league leaders deserved to have been in front by this stage and the Whites duly took the lead on 52'. Toni Kroos swung over a free-kick and Pepe leapt highest to glance the ball home. The Whites had the game exactly where they wanted it, although eight minutes later they were handed a scare. A Yannick Carrasco through ball found Fernando Torres, but Keylor Navas was on hand to produce a magnificent save to deny a leveller.

The game looked to be petering out, but the visitors struck to level terms in a rare foray forward. Ángel Correa slipped the ball through to Antoine Griezmann, who made no mistake with the finish. Attentions in the Real Madrid camp now turn to the Champions quarter-final clash against Bayern Munich.